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Concept: Hair removal

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Based on the presumed role of hair in pilonidal cyst (PNC) pathogenesis, laser epilation has been used to decrease recurrences. However, most of the data rely on case reports and uncontrolled series, the rare controlled studies reported conflicting results. The objective of this study was to investigate the efficacy of laser hair removal (LHR) to decrease the recurrence rate after surgery of PNC versus surgery alone.

Concepts: Laser, Plastic surgery, Dermoid cyst, Hair removal, Electrology, Cyst, Laser hair removal, Pilonidal cyst

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Alopecia is a common disorder affecting over half of the world’s population. Within this condition, androgenic alopecia (AA) is the most common type, affecting 50% of males over 40 and 75% of females over 65. Anecdotal paradoxical hypertrichosis noted during laser epilation has generated interest in the possibility of using laser to stimulate hair growth. In this study, we aimed to critically appraise the application of low-level laser therapy for the treatment of AA in adults. A systematic review was performed on studies identified on Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane database, and clinicaltrials.org. Double-blinded randomized controlled trials were selected and analyzed quantitatively (meta-analysis) and qualitatively (quality of evidence, risk of bias). Low-level laser therapy appears to be a promising noninvasive treatment for AA in adults that is safe for self-administration in the home setting. Although shown to effectively stimulate hair growth when compared to sham devices, these results must be interpreted with caution. Further studies with larger samples, longer follow-up, and independent funding sources are necessary to determine the clinical effectiveness of this novel therapy.

Concepts: Hair removal, Medicine, Androgenic alopecia, Laser hair removal, Laser medicine, Systematic review, Randomized controlled trial, Evidence-based medicine

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One underreported, rare side effect of laser hair removal, is paradoxical hypertrichosis. It is largely unknown what the long-term outcomes are of patients who develop this complication. We report a 21-year-old, Fitzpatrick II, male patient, who had patchy areas of dark hair affecting various body areas. An Alexandrite 755 nm laser was used to address the desired areas at energies between 20-22 J/cm(2) at 10-12 week intervals over a course of 7 treatments. After 3 treatments, the patient noted a significant increase in the density and length of hairs involving the back, shoulders, neck and upper arms. The patient was followed on a bi-annual basis, without further epilatory intervention. After 10 years, the areas of paradoxical hair growth were sparser compared to immediate post-treatment but remained denser compared to pre-treatment. This case illustrates improvement in the condition over time without intervention. Further studies are needed to determine the etiopathogenesis of this phenomenon.

Concepts: Time, Patient, Laser medicine, Term, Depilation, Electrology, Laser hair removal, Hair removal

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Unwanted facial and body hair presents as a common finding in many patients, such as females with hirsutism. With advances in laser and light technology, a clinically significant reduction in hair can be achieved in patients with light skin. However, in patients with darker skin, Fitzpatrick skin types (FST) IV-VI, the higher melanin content of the skin interferes with the proposed mechanism of laser-induced selective photothermolysis, which is to target the melanin in the hair follicle to cause permanent destruction of hair bulge stem cells. Many prospective and retrospective studies have been conducted with laser and light hair-removal devices, but most exclude patients with darkly pigmented skin, considering them a high-risk group for unwanted side effects, including pigmentation changes, blisters, and crust formation. We reviewed the published literature to obtain studies that focused on hair reduction for darker skin types. The existing literature for this patient population identifies longer wavelengths as a key element of the treatment protocol and indicates neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG), diode, alexandrite, and ruby lasers as well as certain intense pulsed light sources for safe hair reduction with minimal side effects in patients with FST IV-VI, so long as energy settings and wavelengths are appropriate. Based on the findings in this review, safe and effective hair reduction for patients with FST IV-VI is achievable under proper treatment protocols and energy settings.

Concepts: Quantum mechanics, Human skin color, Hair, Hair removal, Hair follicle, Skin, Laser, Light

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Although ear reconstruction technology has been highly developed in recent years, hair growth on the reconstructed ear has plagued both surgeons and patients. In this paper, the authors introduce a clinical application of intense pulsed light depilation in total auricular reconstruction. From August 2012 to August 2013, 27 patients (28 ears) suffering from congenital microtia were treated by intense pulsed light depilation (650-950-nm filter, initial fluence of 14-16 J/cm(2) and gradually increased, pulse width of 30-50 ms, spot size of 20 × 30 mm(2), intervals of 6-8 weeks, a total of four sessions) either before or after auricular reconstruction. According to the treatment situation at diagnosis, the patients were divided into two groups: the preoperative group and the postoperative group. There were no differences between the two groups in terms of age or initial fluence for hair removal; however, there were less treatments in the former than in the latter group (preoperative group 4.1 ± 0.3, postoperative group 4.7 ± 0.7, F = 9.10, P = 0.006), and the maximum fluence used for hair removal was lower in the former than in the latter group (preoperative group 18-20 J/cm(2), postoperative group 19-22 J/cm(2), F = 22.31, P < 0.001). After follow-up for ≥4-6 months, the effective rate was 100% in the preoperative group, and the effective rate was 80% in the postoperative group. Intense pulsed light depilation technology is a reasonable complementary approach to total auricular reconstruction. And preoperative depilation is recommended over postoperative depilation. The non-invasive modern photonic technology can resolve the problem of postoperative residual hair on the reconstructed auricle, improving auricular shape and increasing patient satisfaction. In addition, an adequately set preoperative hair removal area can provide surface skin that is most similar to normal auricle skin for auricular reconstruction.

Concepts: Order theory, Pinna, Hirsutism, Intense pulsed light, Depilation, Hair removal

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Many laser devices have been developed over the past decades for various skin conditions. However, variations in the technical skill of physicians for laser skin treatment delivery have not yet been evaluated. This study evaluates the differences in omission and overlap percentages during simulated laser hair removal treatments among physicians at two clinics.

Concepts: Hair removal, Laser beam profiler, Surgery, Laser, Laser hair removal

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Recent developments (new wavelengths, treatment concepts, and combinations) in the field of lasers, intense pulsed light (IPL), LED, as well as new energy and light sources have opened up new therapeutic options that extend beyond mere aesthetic indications. Thus, while fractional lasers used to be employed to merely treat wrinkles, the same devices - in the context of laser-assisted drug delivery - have now become important tools in the treatment of scars, field cancerization, and epithelial tumors. The requirements posed to physicians, both with respect to establishing the indication and conducting treatment, have been growing along with the increase in technological complexity as well as the rising number of comorbidities and comedications in a patient population that continues to age. At the same time, home-use devices have been introduced for a variety of indications. These devices are characterized by low power and special safety features aimed at preventing accidents, risks, and side effects. Despite the reduced efficacy of such self-treatment devices, there is an increased risk of misuse, given that the basic prerequisite for adequate treatment cannot be ensured, to wit, the exact diagnosis and therapeutic indication. Consequently, during hair removal or anti-wrinkle treatment, pigmented lesions and cutaneous neoplasms may be altered, thus giving rise to expected, unexpected and new side effects and complications. In the aforementioned setting, it is important that all potential users of these new technologies be properly trained in a manner that ensures those treated a maximum of safety and efficacy in accordance with the guiding principle “diagnosis certa - ullae therapiae fundamentum”.

Concepts: Energy, Laser, Intense pulsed light, Depilation, Skin, Hair removal, Tumor, Light

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Photothermal destruction of hair shaft melanin with intense pulsed light (IPL) and neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser has become an effective treatment of hair removal.

Concepts: Effect, Hair, Qualities of thought, Efficacy, Depilation, Intense pulsed light, Hair removal, Effectiveness

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There are no large volume comparative studies available to compare the efficacy of lasers over lights for hair removal in Fitzpatrick V and VI skin types. This study is designed to compare the efficacy of Nd:YAG Laser versus IPL in the darker skin types.

Concepts: Comparisons, Comparative, Laser hair removal, Light, Depilation, Laser, Comparison, Hair removal

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To evaluate the efficacy of different methods of preoperative hair removal in reducing surgical site infections (SSIs).

Concepts: Hair removal, Redox